E-waste legislation passes first hurdle in California
Sacramento, CA— Legislation
authored by Assembly Member Lori Saldaña (D-San Diego)
that aims at phasing out the use of hazardous materials in nearly
all electronic devices sold in California was passed by the Assembly’s
Natural Resources Committee.
While current state law requires
the phase-out of toxic substances in electronic devices with a
video display of four inches or larger, Saldaña’s
bill, AB 2202, expands the prohibition to include nearly any electronic
or battery-operated device. If signed into law, this measure would
be the first of its kind in the United States.
The United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) reports that about 70 percent of the toxic
heavy metals found in landfills come from electronic waste. California
alone generates about 500,000 tons of electronic waste annually.
is modeled on a European Union directive, set to take effect in
July of this year that also bans hazardous materials in electronic
devices bound for sale in European markets.
The bill will move next to the
Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials